Day 122 – Step Away from the Sandpaper

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. – Thomas A. Edison

I wish I had something witty to say, but the words just aren’t there today. Or here. Or anywhere. I think I’m stuck in the technical details, which has a tight grasp on my mental facilities. But I did manage to break free long enough to capture today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture.

Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 121)

Oh so many perspectives and a story to boot! Yesterday’s picture was inspired by something I use for multiple hours on end, it’s so familiar to me that I hadn’t stepped back far enough to discover that it had some of its own beauty. It looked like the bottom of a potato masher or a grate. Or a wavy knit mesh weave. Or metal fence mesh. Was it a speaker? No. How about the glow from a table lantern? Or … a cookie. Glow from a candle holder? No, no, and no. Chocolate icing? Not chocolate icing. Ice cream sandwich? Not food. Wood basket? No. Any type of wood? Not wood. Part of a shoe? Not part of a shoe. Chocolate, white or dark? Neither. Pedal? Nope. Plastic?

Ding ding ding! Yes, it’s the plastic backing of my office chair. You could say it’s got my back!

But wait, there’s more. We’ve even got a story to go along with this mystery picture, thanks to Terry. What an imagination, I just love it! Enjoy!

It’s a vintage cheese grater which Doris found in a junk shop in Prague. It had been there for some time. The owner did not remember buying it so it must have come with the shop when he bought it and that was back in the 1930s. Doris was intrigued. She took it to a dealer who specialised in cheese graters. It meant a trip to Paris but she had an itch that needed scratching so Paris it was going to be. The dealer said he needed a bit of time so she left it with him and came back the next day. She could tell that he was trying to contain his excitement. The grater was a prototype, hand made by the inventor of the cheese grater, Henri Le Clerk.

It was priceless!

Le Clerk was driven to invent the cheese grater because his wife was sick and tired of scraping her fingers on the sandpaper that everyone used to grate cheese before the invention of the cheese grater.
Le Clerk never got around to putting a patent on the cheese grater. Like Howard Florey who developed penicillin, and Jonas Salk who developed the polio vaccine, he simple gave it to the world.

His wife was proud of him and that was enough to make him happy.

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I can’t wait to see the story that’s behind today’s mystery picture. Terry, you’ve got me hooked! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Day 122 – Step Away from the Sandpaper

  1. The gills of a shark. William had a scar that went up his left side and stopped just under his arm pit. When asked, which he often was, especially in summer when he removed his shirt, he said that he had been bitten by a shark. Big Tony the loan shark.
    William, or little Willy, as he liked to be known as, had gotten in over his head. He liked a flutter but he never knew when to stop. Neither did Big Tony.

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